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Mother arrested for suffocating 2-year-old son

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Police in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 34-year-old woman on suspicion of murdering her 2-year-old son.

Ryoko Tsukamoto is accused of suffocating her son Kohei at the family’s apartment in Yokohama’s Kita Ward on Tuesday, Fuji TV reported.

According to investigators, Tsukamoto turned herself in to the police at around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, saying that she had killed her son by suffocating him, Fuji TV reported. Tsukamoto's husband was at work at the time.

Police said Tsukamoto has so far given no motive for her actions.

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she had killed her son by suffocating him... [her] husband was at work at the time

RIP Kohei-kun!! :-(

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Many get married and have kids because society wants so but they aren't sufficiently mentally ready. May baby Kohei rest in easy.

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And here we are again. Rest in peace little baby - another innocent life taken by a wretched woman.

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Another one.. I cant believe how many times I see a news about parents killing their own babies. Unbelievable. I'm sure she was under a lot of stress, as so are we all. That's not an excuse to kill your child. I'm guessing the father is mostly always away, both physically and emotionally.

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Or, just to bring up another possibility that no one seems to consider may exist, she could have not been able to tell the difference between right and wrong, and in her deluded state, thought this was the right thing to do.

RIP to the boy, you didn't deserve this.

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RIP to the boy, you didn't deserve this.

This is where we will agree and probably only agree. We both know each other's stances on these issues well so I'll leave it at that.

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Makes me so sad, and then quite angry when the wife and I are trying, currently unsuccessfully, at the moment to have a kid.

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The daily infanticide, but the only people that seem concerned are those that post on JT. Japan you have a problem!

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"The daily infanticide, but the only people that seem concerned are those that post on JT. Japan you have a problem!'

Yep it seems J-land is getting more ratchet by the day; (gunless) JT 900s, JT1000s, JT1100's and Ed 209's by cyberdine systems is going through the roof. Could it also be abenomics, seismological, or northern fallout related? I know one thing the les miserable's index is waxing.

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Here we go again -- just another day in Japan, and another mother of the year... or day, as it's become.

Strangerland: "... she could have not been able to tell the difference between right and wrong, and in her deluded state, thought this was the right thing to do."

Okay, here's a quick question for the crowd that automatically assumes she is mentally ill and can't tell right from wrong (and don't say you don't, while assuming those posting think she is not): why do these women always commit murder, or attempt to, while the other family members are away? And in this woman's case, why did she then turn herself in to police if she could not tell right from wrong, my friend?

Lock her up, and throw away the key. Put a picture of her child, that she cannot touch, in her cell as a constant reminder of her crime.

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here's a quick question for the crowd that automatically assumes she is mentally ill

I don't believe anyone is in that crowd. Who exactly are you referring to?

But to answer your question:

why do these women always commit murder, or attempt to, while the other family members are away?

You mean like in this case?

Police said the mother grabbed her son and jumped from the balcony while her husband was cooking in the kitchen.

Link: http://www.japantoday.com/category/crime/view/mother-dies-after-jumping-from-8th-floor-with-3-year-old-son

And in this woman's case, why did she then turn herself in to police if she could not tell right from wrong, my friend?

That actually is a reasonable question. It would indicate that it is more likely she was able to tell right from wrong. Not a guarantee, but it points in that direction.

Lock her up, and throw away the key.

Yeah, who needs a trial, or due process? A few paragraphs on a news site is more than enough to determine guilt.

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Strangerland, so she is innocent then? She has not even given a motive but she has said she did it. RIP, young child.

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Strangerland, so she is innocent then?

I have no idea. I have not interviewed her, nor have I performed any psychological tests on her, nor have I heard of anyone else doing so, since the story just broke. Same as I cannot say she is innocent, I cannot say she is guilty. For the exact same reasons.

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Depression can take over the mind quickly and people do things that they would not normally do otherwise. In Japan, there are not many ways to get help if suffering from depression. I hear.

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Stranger land: "Yeah, who needs a trial, or due process? "

Give her the trial. I never said not to. It's quite clear she murdered the child, and prettybclearvshe knew it was wrong, so it should be pretty quick, right? I say the same thing when they catch anyone who commits a heinous crime, like with rapists and kids who murder other kids, etc. Doesn't mean they should be denied a trial, either. Don't get upset just because I called you on the "people might not be considering she didn't know right from wrong" bit.

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@smithinjapan

"Here we go again -- just another day in Japan, and another mother of the year... or day, as it's become."

yep...

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Makes me so sad, and then quite angry when the wife and I are trying, currently unsuccessfully, at the moment to have a kid.

All the best to you and yours. Not sure why you would be thumbed down.

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Strangerland: "Same as I cannot say she is innocent, I cannot say she is guilty."

Except that you CAN say with 100% certainly that she is guilty, as even she has admitted as much, and went to the police to do so. So none of this 'she may not be guilty' garbage.

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I cannot say she is guilty

lol. Why don't you debate with the lady who admitted the charge and suffocated her child? Tell her not to admit, she might not be guilty after all.

Hope she gets the sentence she deserves.

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Except that you CAN say with 100% certainly that she is guilty, as even she has admitted as much

No, I cannot say she is guilty, because she has not been examined for mental competence.

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The daily infanticide, but the only people that seem concerned are those that post on JT.

That - like much of what you say - is both overwrought and unlikely-sounding.

Incidentally, infanticide is the killing of a child aged up to 12 months.

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